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Clemson 49, Citadel 0

CLEMSON, S.C. Trevor Lawrence threw for three touchdowns in just nine passing attempts, and No. 1 Clemson beat The Citadel 49-0 on Saturday.

Lawrence also rushed for his third TD already this season, leading the way as the Tigers (2-0) improved to 35-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. Clemson came out fast, stayed sharp and played just about everybody available in the runaway victory.

"Good to see that maturity and leadership, no matter who we play," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168 yards, including scoring passes of 54 and 17 yards to Frank Ladson Jr. and 44 yards to Amari Rodgers.

The Heisman Trophy favorite was largely done when Clemson went up 28-0 in the first quarter. He returned for one second-quarter series and quickly added points with a perfectly thrown pass down the left side to Ladson.

Two-time reigning ACC player of the year Travis Etienne ran for 68 yards on only eight carries, joining Lawrence as a happy spectator for most of the day.

Clemson's defense shut down the Bulldogs' triple-option, holding them to 86 yards on the ground after they rushed for 200 yards last week at South Florida. The Tigers posted their first shutout since defeating Ohio State 31-0 in the CFP semifinals in 2016.

"To me defensively, that was the story of the day," Swinney said. "To hold those guys out of the end zone for four quarters, that's almost impossible."

Freshman defensive end Myles Murphy forced a fumble that linebacker James Skalski turned into a 17-yard TD in the opening quarter.

Skalski was pleased with his touchdown. He was even happier about the shutout.

"When you're a defensive guy, that's what you want to do, get that goose egg," he said.

Backup quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, the freshman heir apparent to Lawrence, rushed for his first two college touchdowns in the rout against the Bulldogs (0-2).

It was a satisfying show for the crowd of 18,609 for Clemson's first home game amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state of South Carolina gave approval for the Tigers to host about 19,000 people, less than a quarter of their 81,500 capacity at Memorial Stadium.

Tailgaters were spaced far apart for pregame meals and cornhole contests. Once inside, people sat in socially distant rows.

The sidelines were solely for the teams, with cheerleaders, the Tiger mascot and marching band moved to the stadium's hill.

Clemson's celebrated stadium entrance was one of the few game-day traditions that remained, with Swinney pulling down his Tiger Paw mask to excite the crowd before the team touched Howard's Rock and sped down the hill.

The Tigers, who wore helmet stickers in support of social justice at Wake Forest last week, continued those initiatives when they stood locked arm-in-arm on the sidelines after the opening quarter while a message on the scoreboard flashed "Unity. All In. Together."

Swinney encouraged fans to stand up in support of his team.

Black boxes 10 yards long on both sidelines had the words "Unity" and "Equality."

THE TAKEAWAY

The Citadel: The best thing about this one for the Bulldogs could be the $450,000 they got from Clemson for the game. Although, they did hold the Tigers backups off the scoreboard the final two quarters with two fourth-down stops and a fumble recovery.

Clemson: The Tigers put the game away early and no one got hurt heading into an off week. Lawrence and Etienne continued their strong play and look more than ready to keep dominating when ACC play continues in two weeks.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Since Clemson was only top-six team playing, it's hard to imagine any change with the Tigers' No. 1 ranking.

FULL TIME

The Citadel coach Brent Thompson said he declined the offer to shorten the last two quarters or use a running clock for the final 30 minutes.

"It didn't matter if we were getting beat by 100 or getting beat by 50, we were going to stand in there and we were going to play," Thompson said.

UP NEXT

The Citadel plays its only home game of its four-game fall schedule against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Clemson continues its three-game homestand against Virginia on Oct. 3.

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  Citadel Clemson
First downs 8 16
  Rushing 4 5
  Passing 3 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-16, 19% 8-14, 57%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 48-86 33-162
Passing Yards 76 243
Return Yards 16 89
Completions-Attempts-Int 3-11-0 19-27-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--23 1--9
Punts 10 3
Punts-Average 41.8 46
Fumbles Lost 2-1 4-1
Penalties - Yards 11-75 5-35
Time of Possession 34:32 25:28
Citadel Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Rainey 2 9 38 0 0
R. Webb 1 1 38 0 0
J. Adams 0 1 0 0 0
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Lawrence 8 9 168 3 0
D. Uiagalelei 8 11 75 0 0
H. Helms 2 2 1 0 0
T. Phommachanh 1 5 -1 0 0
Citadel Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Adams 12 50 4.2 0
E. Nwanze 11 20 1.8 0
K. White 5 20 4.0 0
D. Hampton 1 11 11.0 0
D. Brechtel III 3 5 1.7 0
K. Sessions 3 -1 -0.3 0
B. Rainey 10 -8 -0.8 0
C. Wallace 3 -11 -3.7 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Etienne 8 68 8.5 0
D. Rencher 4 28 7.0 0
C. Mellusi 4 25 6.3 0
T. Phommachanh 2 13 6.5 0
D. Bowman 3 10 3.3 0
L. Dixon 3 10 3.3 0
M. Dukes 2 8 4.0 0
D. Uiagalelei 3 7 2.3 2
T. Lawrence 1 2 2.0 1
K. Pace 1 2 2.0 0
H. Helms 1 -9 -9.0 0
Citadel Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. McCarthy 1 38 38.0 0
R. Webb 1 22 22.0 0
K. Sessions 1 16 16.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
F. Ladson Jr. 3 87 29.0 2
E. Williams 3 58 19.3 0
A. Rodgers 1 44 44.0 1
C. Powell 2 25 12.5 0
T. Etienne 1 11 11.0 0
W. Brown 1 8 8.0 0
D. Swinney 2 6 3.0 0
W. Swinney 1 3 3.0 0
D. Allen 1 2 2.0 0
K. Pace 2 0 0.0
0
J. Chalk 1 0 0.0
0
C. Mellusi 1 -1 -1.0 0
Citadel Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Citadel Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Campbell 10 418 41.8
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
W. Spiers 3 138 46.0
Citadel Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Rodgers 2 37 18.5
T. Etienne 1 44 44.0
W. Swinney 1 9 9.0
D. Kendrick 1 -1 -1.0
Citadel Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Adams 1 16 16.0
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Citadel Missed FG
Player Length
C. Kintner 47
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
2nd&16 at Cit 45 Jaylan Adams rush to Clem49 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Clem 49 Jaylan Adams sacked at Cit45 for -6 yards
4th&1 at Cit 36 Jaylan Adams rush to Clem49 for 15 yards
3rd&5 at Cit 32 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit36 for 4 yards
2nd&3 at Cit 34 Jaylan Adams sacked at Cit32 for -2 yards
1st&10 at Cit 27 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit34 for 7 yards
3rd&7 at Cit 15 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit17 for 2 yards Jaylan Adams LATERALS to Darique Hampton on the Cit17 for 10 yards
2nd&12 at Cit 10 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit15 for 5 yards
2nd&17 at Cit 5 Clem-DeMonte Capehart PENALIZED 5 yards for Offside
1st&10 at Cit 12 (4:24) Jaylan Adams sacked at Cit5 for -7 yards
4th&23 at Clem 44 Will Spiers punts 44 yards to Cit12, Downed
3rd&14 at Cit 47 Hunter Helms sacked at Clem44 for -9 yards
2nd&12 at Cit 45 Hunter Helms pass to Kobe Pace to Cit47 for -2 yards. Kobe Pace FUMBLES, recovered at Cit47 by Kobe Pace RETURNED for 0 yards.
Penalty Clem-PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Formation
1st&10 at Cit 43 (7:10) Hunter Helms pass to Drew Swinney to Cit40 for 3 yards
4th&3 at Cit 42 Darique Hampton rush to Cit43 for 1 yard
3rd&5 at Cit 40 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit42 for 2 yards
2nd&8 at Cit 37 Donnie Brechtel III rush to Cit40 for 3 yards
2nd&3 at Cit 42 Cit-Cooper Wallace PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at Cit 35 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit42 for 7 yards
3rd&14 at Cit 18 Jaylan Adams rush to Cit35 for 17 yards
2nd&14 at Cit 18 Jaylan Adams incomplete pass
2nd&9 at Cit 23 Cit-Cole Owens PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at Cit 22 (11:11) Donnie Brechtel III rush to Cit23 for 1 yard
4th&3 at Clem 37 Will Spiers punts 41 yards to Cit22, Downed
3rd&11 at Clem 29 Chez Mellusi rush to Clem37 for 8 yards
2nd&10 at Clem 30 Taisun Phommachanh pass to Chez Mellusi to Clem29 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Clem 30 (12:48) Taisun Phommachanh incomplete pass intended for Sage Ennis
4th&10 at Clem 30 Colby Kintner 47 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&10 at Clem 30 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass
2nd&9 at Clem 29 Keyonte Sessions rush to Clem30 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Clem 30 Donnie Brechtel III rush to Clem29 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Cit 32 (14:49) Raleigh Webb pass to Ryan McCarthy to Clem30 for 38 yards
4th&3 at Cit 34 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to Kobe Pace to Cit32 for 2 yards
3rd&3 at Cit 34 D.J. Uiagalelei incomplete pass intended for E.J. Williams
3rd Quarter
2nd&7 at Cit 38 Demarkcus Bowman rush to Cit34 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 41 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to Drew Swinney to Cit38 for 3 yards
3rd&4 at Clem 40 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to E.J. Williams to Cit41 for 19 yards
2nd&4 at Clem 40 Demarkcus Bowman rush to Clem40 for no gain
1st&10 at Clem 34 (2:23) Demarkcus Bowman rush to Clem40 for 6 yards
4th&9 at Cit 20 Matt Campbell punts 46 yards to Clem34, Will Swinney Fair Catch
3rd&11 at Cit 18 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit20 for 2 yards
2nd&11 at Cit 18 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass
1st&10 at Cit 19 (3:58) Keefe White rush to Cit18 for -1 yards
4th&2 at Clem 28 Will Spiers punts 53 yards to Cit19, Dominick Poole Fair Catch
3rd&8 at Clem 22 Taisun Phommachanh rush to Clem28 for 6 yards
2nd&8 at Clem 22 Taisun Phommachanh incomplete pass intended for Ajou Ajou
1st&10 at Clem 20 (5:34) Kobe Pace rush to Clem22 for 2 yards
4th&11 at Clem 44 Matt Campbell punts 44 yards to Clem0, TOUCHBACK.
3rd&11 at Clem 44 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass intended for Raleigh Webb
2nd&10 at Clem 43 Keyonte Sessions rush to Clem44 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Clem 43 (6:33) Brandon Rainey incomplete pass
2nd&10 at Clem 36 Michel Dukes rush to Clem43 for 7 yards. Michel Dukes FUMBLES (FF-Javonte Middleton), recovered at Clem43 by Javonte Middleton RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at Clem 36 (6:48) Taisun Phommachanh incomplete pass intended for Ajou Ajou
4th&6 at Cit 37 Matt Campbell punts 27 yards to Clem36, Downed
3rd&6 at Cit 37 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass intended for Ryan McCarthy
2nd&10 at Cit 33 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit37 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 33 (8:16) Keefe White rush to Cit33 for no gain
4th&2 at Cit 32 D.J. Uiagalelei rush to Cit32 for no gain. D.J. Uiagalelei FUMBLES (FF-Jay Smith), recovered at Cit32 by D.J. Uiagalelei RETURNED for 0 yards.
3rd&3 at Cit 33 Michel Dukes rush to Cit32 for 1 yard
2nd&7 at Cit 37 Chez Mellusi rush to Cit33 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 40 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to Will Swinney to Cit37 for 3 yards
3rd&15 at Clem 22 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to E.J. Williams to Cit40 for 38 yards
2nd&15 at Clem 22 D.J. Uiagalelei incomplete pass
1st&15 at Clem 22 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to J.C. Chalk to Clem22 for no gain
1st&10 at Clem 27 Clem-Ajou Ajou PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&2 at Clem 22 Chez Mellusi rush to Clem27 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Clem 14 (12:29) Chez Mellusi rush to Clem22 for 8 yards
4th&8 at Cit 44 Matt Campbell punts 51 yards to Clem5, Will Swinney returns to Clem14 for 9 yards
3rd&9 at Cit 43 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit44 for 1 yard
2nd&9 at Cit 43 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass intended for Keyonte Sessions
1st&10 at Cit 42 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit43 for 1 yard
2nd&10 at Cit 25 Keefe White rush to Cit42 for 17 yards
1st&10 at Cit 25 (15:00) Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit25 for no gain
Kickoff Quinn Castner kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, TOUCHBACK.
2nd Quarter
3rd&3 at Clem 15 TEAM rush to Clem13 for -2 yards. FUMBLES, recovered at Clem13 by Taisun Phommachanh RETURNED for 0 yards.
2nd&3 at Clem 15 Taisun Phommachanh incomplete pass intended for Ajou Ajou
2nd&3 at Clem 15 Clemson Tigers timeout.
1st&10 at Clem 8 (0:32) Taisun Phommachanh rush to Clem15 for 7 yards
4th&9 at Clem 38 Matt Campbell punts 30 yards to Clem8, Downed
4th&9 at Clem 38 Citadel Bulldogs timeout.
3rd&10 at Clem 39 Brandon Rainey rush to Clem38 for 1 yard
3rd&10 at Clem 39 Citadel Bulldogs timeout.
2nd&14 at Clem 43 Emeka Nwanze rush to Clem39 for 4 yards
1st&15 at Clem 44 Emeka Nwanze rush to Clem43 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Clem 39 Cit-PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
3rd&9 at Cit 39 Brandon Rainey pass to Raleigh Webb to Clem39 for 22 yards
3rd&4 at Cit 44 Cit-Prince Howard-Whitaker PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&9 at Cit 39 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit44 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Cit 38 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit39 for 1 yard
Penalty Clem-Derion Kendrick PENALIZED 15 yards for Unsports. Conduct
1st&10 at Cit 25 (5:31) Cooper Wallace rush to Cit23 for -2 yards
Kickoff Jonathan Weitz kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptClem 49-0 Jonathan Weitz extra point is GOOD.
3rd&2 at Cit 6Clem 48-0 D.J. Uiagalelei rush for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&2 at Cit 6 Darien Rencher rush to Cit6 for no gain
1st&10 at Cit 14 Darien Rencher rush to Cit6 for 8 yards
3rd&6 at Cit 22 D.J. Uiagalelei pass to Will Brown to Cit14 for 8 yards
2nd&6 at Cit 22 D.J. Uiagalelei incomplete pass intended for E.J. Williams
1st&10 at Cit 26 Darien Rencher rush to Cit22 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 42 Darien Rencher rush to Cit26 for 16 yards
Penalty Cit-Destin Mack PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
1st&10 at Clem 39 (8:31) Lyn-J Dixon rush to Clem43 for 4 yards
4th&22 at Cit 13 Matt Campbell punts 47 yards to Clem40, Derion Kendrick returns to Clem39 for -1 yards
3rd&14 at Cit 21 Brandon Rainey sacked at Cit13 for -8 yards
3rd&9 at Cit 26 Cit-Thomas Crawford PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&9 at Cit 26 Brandon Rainey incomplete pass
1st&10 at Cit 25 (9:55) Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit26 for 1 yard
Kickoff Jonathan Weitz kicks 62 yards from Clem35 to Cit3, Cooper Wallace Fair Catch
Extra Point AttemptClem 42-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Clem 46Clem 41-0 Trevor Lawrence pass to Frank Ladson Jr. for 54 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&4 at Clem 34 Trevor Lawrence pass to Cornell Powell to Clem46 for 12 yards
1st&10 at Clem 28 (10:59) Travis Etienne rush to Clem34 for 6 yards
4th&11 at Cit 24 Matt Campbell punts 48 yards to Clem28, Derion Kendrick Fair Catch
3rd&11 at Cit 24 Keefe White rush to Cit24 for no gain
2nd&11 at Cit 24 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit24 for no gain
1st&10 at Cit 25 (13:00) Brandon Rainey rush to Cit24 for -1 yards
Kickoff Jonathan Weitz kicks 64 yards from Clem35 to Cit1, Jaylan Adams Fair Catch
Extra Point AttemptClem 35-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
3rd&1 at Cit 1Clem 34-0 D.J. Uiagalelei rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&4 at Cit 4 Lyn-J Dixon rush to Cit1 for 3 yards
1st&6 at Cit 6 (14:13) D.J. Uiagalelei pass to Davis Allen to Cit4 for 2 yards
4th&14 at Cit 12 Matt Campbell punts 38 yards to Clem50, Travis Etienne returns to Cit6 for 44 yards
3rd&15 at Cit 11 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit12 for 1 yard
1st Quarter
3rd&10 at Cit 16 Cit-PENALIZED -5 yards for Delay of Game
2nd&9 at Cit 17 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit16 for -1 yards
1st&10 at Cit 16 (1:46) Keyonte Sessions rush to Cit17 for 1 yard
Kickoff Jonathan Weitz kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, Jaylan Adams returns to Cit16 for 16 yards
Extra Point AttemptClem 28-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Cit 25Clem 27-0 (2:00) Cooper Wallace rush to Cit17 for -8 yards. Cooper Wallace FUMBLES (FF-Myles Murphy), recovered at Cit17 by James Skalski RETURNED for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Kickoff B.T. Potter kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptClem 21-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
3rd&2 at Cit 2Clem 20-0 Trevor Lawrence rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&2 at Cit 2 Travis Etienne rush to Cit2 for no gain
1st&3 at Cit 3 Travis Etienne rush to Cit2 for 1 yard
3rd&4 at Cit 25 Travis Etienne rush to Cit3 for 22 yards
2nd&5 at Cit 26 Trevor Lawrence pass to E.J. Williams to Cit25 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Cit 31 Travis Etienne rush to Cit26 for 5 yards
2nd&12 at Cit 47 Trevor Lawrence pass to Frank Ladson Jr. to Cit31 for 16 yards
1st&15 at Cit 50 Travis Etienne rush to Cit47 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Cit 45 (5:45) Clem-Hunter Rayburn PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Procedure
4th&34 at Cit 16 Matt Campbell punts 45 yards to Clem39, Amari Rodgers returns to Cit45 for 16 yards
3rd&26 at Cit 24 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit16 for -8 yards. Brandon Rainey FUMBLES, recovered at Cit16 by Brandon Rainey RETURNED for 0 yards.
2nd&26 at Cit 24 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit24 for no gain
1st&25 at Cit 25 Cooper Wallace rush to Cit24 for -1 yards
Penalty Cit-Cameron Roberts PENALIZED -15 yards for Personal Foul
2nd&11 at Cit 24 Brandon Rainey pass to Keyonte Sessions to Cit40 for 16 yards
1st&15 at Cit 20 Brandon Rainey rush to Cit24 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 25 (9:41) Cit-Raleigh Webb PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
Kickoff B.T. Potter kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptClem 14-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
1st&5 at Cit 44Clem 13-0 Trevor Lawrence pass to Amari Rodgers for 44 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Cit 49 (10:10) Cit-Hasan Black PENALIZED 5 yards for Offside
Penalty Cit-PENALIZED 5 yards for Illegal Formation
4th&2 at Cit 33 Matt Campbell punts 42 yards to Clem25, Amari Rodgers returns to Clem46 for 21 yards
3rd&6 at Cit 29 Keefe White rush to Cit33 for 4 yards
2nd&10 at Cit 25 Emeka Nwanze rush to Cit29 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Cit 25 (12:36) Brandon Rainey rush to Cit25 for no gain
Kickoff B.T. Potter kicks 65 yards from Clem35 to Cit0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptClem 7-0 B.T. Potter extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at Cit 17Clem 6-0 Trevor Lawrence pass to Frank Ladson Jr. for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Cit 28 Trevor Lawrence pass to Travis Etienne to Cit17 for 11 yards
3rd&7 at Cit 41 Trevor Lawrence pass to Cornell Powell to Cit28 for 13 yards
2nd&10 at Cit 44 Lyn-J Dixon rush to Cit41 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Cit 44 Trevor Lawrence incomplete pass intended for Amari Rodgers
2nd&7 at Clem 28 Travis Etienne rush to Cit44 for 28 yards
1st&10 at Clem 25 (15:00) Travis Etienne rush to Clem28 for 3 yards
Kickoff Matt Campbell kicks 41 yards from Cit35 to Clem24, Jaelyn Lay Fair Catch

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September 19, 2020


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